Specific phobias are anxiety disorders characterized by a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little to no actual danger. People with phobias will try at great length to avoid what they’re afraid of. In any case, the following symptoms may occur:
- Panic and anxiety attacks
- Elevated heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Inability to focus or accomplish basic tasks
- Trembling and other symptoms
While there are many specific phobias, common ones include fear of heights, flying, needles, tight spaces, social situations, dental procedures, animals/insects, blood, and more.
The OCD and Anxiety Center in Chicago specializes in exposure therapy for people suffering from specific phobias. In many cases, our treatment can result in a quick and lasting cure. We offer weekly sessions, intensive sessions (more than one a week), and single sessions depending on the severity of your case. Whether you or your loved one are suffering from mild or serious symptoms, we’ll help you overcome your fears so you can live life with the freedom you’ve always wanted. Contact us today!